Teachers

Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa


Roynet Perez & Satu Annika

Roynet is a charming person who's exceptional style and charisma will take the students on a trip to find the secrets of salsa.

Roynet was born in Havanna where he was surrounded everyday by the rhythm of clave. He started his career in 2003 and since then he has been winning many couple salsa contest in Cuba and around the world. He also won the European salsa championships in 2010. Roynet has been living in Finland since 2008. As a teachers his aim is to make Cuban dance culture more known, and popular every where in the world.

Satu is a warm and gentle teacher, one can feel the love and passion she has for dancing while attending her lessons! She has been dancing since her childhood starting with hip-hop, later salsa stole her heart completely. Satu's style is based on strong technique and methodology on which she builds her own personal style.

In Pori this dazzling couple teaches eg. couplesalsa and rumba.

Yasser Sarría Terry
Yasser Sarría Terry

Salla-Maria Santos

Salla-Maria has been teaching Cuban dances since 2008. She has graduated as a dance teacher from the Oulu Univerisity of applied sciences. Salla-Maria has also deepened her studies in Portugal, at Escola Superior de Dança. She has a strong background in theater and contemporary dance, which she uses as influence for her teaching. Salla-Maria has been teaching students of all ages and styles, besides Cuban dances also show dance and contact improvisation.

Salla-Marias energetic, precise and earthy teaching style will help students find the essence of Cuban dances in their body. On her lessons the focus is in finding the movements and the feeling of dance rather than just learn patterns.

In Pori Salla-Maria will be teaching salsa technique  and ladies style classes. 

Julio Miñoso
Julio Miñoso

Yuniel & Jonna Dieguez

Yuniel is a versatile dance professional with over 19 years of experience in teaching Cuban dances. He studied dancing in Cuba in Casa de la Cultura.  Before moving to Finland he worked in Habana as a dancer, dance teacher and dj. 

Yuniel's classes are clear and energetic without forgetting the fun. Yuniel will also be one of the festival dj's at the evening parties. 

Yuniel's dance partner Jonna Dieguez has studied Cuban dances all the way in Cuba under the guidance of local teachers. Jonna is a devoted dance enthusiast and wants to share the same joy she gets while dancing. Jonna thinks that dancing is for everyone and her motto is "Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order." (Samuel Beckett)

At the festival Yuniel and Jonna will be teach eg. salsa and rueda.

Carlos Correa

This mans smile lights up every dance floor! He has been brightening up the Finnish salsa scene for decades with his smile and professionalism. The first steps of salsa feel easy and comfortable in his guidance.

Carlos is one of the first salsa instructors in Finland. After three years in Finland, Carlos got to know Miguel Verdecia (founder of dance school Baila Baila), who offered him a place in his dance group. Carlos' always sunny appearance and clear style of teaching draw the studios full of students no matter where. Many come to his lessons regularly to learn more patterns in couple salsa and rueda.

Since the beginning of 2000 Carlos has also been spending more time behind the dj decks. When dj Don C is playing there is a party also in the dj booth! He is not just spinning the records but the whole man is whirling around playing the maracas, clave or guiro!

At the West Coast Salsa Festival he will be teaching, salsa, couple salsa and rueda as well as being one of the dj's at the festival parties.

Roynet Perez & Satu Annika
Roynet Perez & Satu Annika

Yasser Sarría Terry

Yasser is an energetic and fun teacher who's lessons are full of action! His style combines the power of Afro-Cuban dances and the dynamics of popular dance forms. He has been living and teaching in Helsinki already 15 years.

Yasser graduated as a dance instructor and professional dancer in 1993 (Escuela Profesional de Arte, EPA), and has also earned diplomas in folklore and popular dances in 1997 (Instituto Superior de Arte, ISA). Yasser has danced in numerous show groups in Cuba, and has also won awards in international competitions. In addition, he has both taught and performed all over Europe at different festivals. He is a popular and loved teacher who's lessons are demanding but fun!

At the West Coast Salsa Festival Yasser will have couple salsa, reggaeton and bachata lessons. Besides teaching he will also be one of the dj's playing at the festival parties. And then Yasser aka dj El Beny will be for sure heating up the dance floor!  



Salla-Maria Santos
Salla-Maria Santos

Julio Miñoso

Miñoso is a precise and gentle teacher whose peaceful teaching style allows everyone to get the most out of class. He has over 20 years of experience in Cuban popular and folk dances as a dancer, teacher and performer. Minõso graduated from the Escuela Profesional de Arte Samuel Feijoó in 1996 and later continued his  studies at the ISA (el Institución Superior de Arte). During his dance career Miñoso has starred in several performances in Cuba and internationally, including Colombia, Canada, Sweden and Martinique. In recognition of his work as a dance artist, Miñoso was elected a member of UNEAC. UNEAC selects artists and writers who are particularly committed to the development of Cuban culture.

At the festival Miñoso teaches eg. afro and rumba. 

Yuniel & Jonna Dieguez
Yuniel & Jonna Dieguez

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